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Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    17th century
  • Geography

    Ryukyu Islands, Naha, Okinawa prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Lacquer over wood with mother of pearl inlay
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 8.2 x 44 x 12.6 cm (3 1/4 x 17 5/16 x 4 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    By 1970-1973
    Alice Boney Chinese Art, New York, NY method of acquisition unknown [1]
    From 1973
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Alice Boney Chinese Art [2]
    [1] Alice Boney first presented the object to the Freer Gallery of Art on February 21, 1970, see letter from Alice Boney to Harold Stern (1922-1977), Director of Freer Gallery of Art, original in object file. See also invoice from Alice Boney Chinese Art, New York to Freer Gallery of Art, July 1, 1973, copy in object file. In the 1920s, Alice Boney (1901-1988) married Jan Kleykamp (b.1897), an established dealer of Dutch art. After their honeymoon travels, Boney joined her husband in Jan Kleykamp Gallery and the couple became the first dealers in the city of New York to sell Chinese art. After Boney and Kleykamp divorced, Boney established the gallery Alice Boney Chinese Art. She was recognized as a preeminent authority on Chinese art and sold to illustrious clients, including William H. Morris and President Herbert Hoover.
    [2] The Freer Gallery of Art purchased the object on July 25, 1973, see Alice Boney Chinese Art invoice, issued July 1, 1973, original in object file.
    Research completed November 18, 2022.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Alice Boney (1901-1988)
  • Origin

    Ryukyu Islands, Naha, Okinawa prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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